The Doom That Came to Sarnath
Class defines one’s place in society, one’s rights, and even one’s freedom. The Sarnathi legal code has complex rules with different allowances and penalties depending on class, and even the pronouns of the Sarnathi language are determined by class.
The highest class are the eprouve, those descended from the oldest families in the city, who can trace their ancestry back to the First Settlers. Eprouve have a wide range of property rights not enjoyed by other people in the Republic, and have far more voting power.
After the eprouve, the next most privileged class are the ecritsiz. The ecritsiz are well-born citizens of the old dominions – Kadateron, Theraa and Ylarnek. They cannot own lands in the Valley and are not as well represented among the conseils, but have most other rights.
The moyen are the largest class in the city, those descended from the greater mass of lesser-born Sarnathi and old dominion families. They have fewer property rights, and cannot own slaves.
Voisins have the right to own slaves but cannot vote on matters pertaining to Sarnath or the old dominions. They are the higher nobility of Sarnath’s protectorates – Nariel and Ben’azic.
Katir are those whose ancestors were from outside the old dominions but who fought for the republic and earned the right to vote and to wed and own wealth.
The etranger are those born in the colonies who have not earned the right to vote but have some basic movement rights.
Below them all are en bas, those born outside the republic completely, or those whose ancestors were stripped of their rights as punishment for treasons.